The reviews are in — and London’s critics are swooning after sitting through two nights of director Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre. Boyle had actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing the parts of Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster on Tuesday night. Then the thesps swapped roles for Wednesday night. The Guardian called Boyle’s production “a bravura triumph … a stunning evening”, while The Times has called it “a theatrical coup”. Oscar-winner Boyle’s work, the paper continued, “is the equivalent of jamming your fingers into a plug socket”. Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph’s review concludes: “Boyle, returning to the theatre after his Oscar-winning success with Slumdog Millionaire, pulls off something truly spectacular here. The Frankenstein story has become so familiar that it might seem an impossible task to make the old story seem fresh. Yet somehow Boyle does just that.” The Daily Express struck the only sour note, saying that Nick Dear’s script “often dragged as badly as the Creature’s foot when he learnt to walk”. The National Theatre will use high tech to beam Boyle’s Frankenstein production from the London stage to the U.S. in hi-def to 85 cinemas on March 17th and then on March 23rd. Audiences in Los Angeles will be able to see it at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood. (For more background, see Danny Boyle Does Frankenstein On UK Stage.)
He wryly described his career directing films, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the currently Oscar-nominated 127 Hours, as “a long distraction” recently. That’s because Danny Boyle made his name directing on the British stage, and his hot ticket National Theatre production of Frankenstein started previews …
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